7 July–25 September 2016
‘True Value’ – the first exhibition by Theaster Gates in Milan – brings together a selection of existing works and new commissions in two different spaces at Fondazione Prada.
The Cisterna of the building complex will feature works in which Gates explores the use of everyday objects, which have significance to the artist in terms of ‘Black aesthetics’. Fire hoses used against demonstrators during the US Civil Rights movements in the 1960s, or gym floors from dozens of high schools closed and swept under an unbeatable neoliberal economic agenda, are turned into artworks.
On the first floor of the Podium of the Fondazione Prada, Gates exhibits True Value (2016) –the installation after which the exhibition is named – which presents his rendition of an abandoned hardware store. True Value gathers materials, objects and tools removed from their original context and relocated in an art environment. The work deploys a framework to formulate a poetic and pragmatic space around objects of trade and the human relationships those economic and labour exchanges create.
During the course of the exhibition there will also be a series of public debates, readings and community gatherings will take place.
‘Theaster Gates: True Value’
Largo Isarco, 2
+39 02 5666 2611
Monday–Thursday: 10am–8 pm
Friday–Sunday: 10am–9 pm
Closed on Tuesdays
‘Halsted Hadware Store’ Chicago, 2014 Photo by Sara Pooley
Courtesy of Theaster Gates and Sara Pooley